Martin Van Buren Bates House

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Martin Van Buren Bates House - well-known A Giant's House. Capt. Martin Van...
well-known A Giant's House. Capt. Martin Van Buren Bates, who lives on a farm near Seaville, Ohio, is 7 feet. 11 - inches high, weighs 478 pounds. Mrs. Bates is 7 feet, 11 inches high and weighs 413 pounds. It is a difficult matter to convey an adequate idea of the proportions of such a dwelling as the one occupied by the Ohio giants. A door that is six feet, six inches high is a large sized opening in a house that is, a dwelling house, not a cathedral. But the doors in the domicile of the Bates giants are ten feet high, and the knobs are nearly as high as the reporter's head. The house was built by Captain Bates in 1876, and is -elegantly furnished. In the main building on the ground floor are, besides the spacious hall, the bed-chamber of the giants, a sitting-room and parlor. The couch upon which the big couple sleep was made especially for them, and it is a curiosity to look at. It is extensive enough to give the great people room to stretch in, and looks as big as an ordinary floor. It is really ten feet Iong, wide in proportion, snd about wice as high as an ordinary bed. The magnificent dressing-case is also a huge affair with a glass upon it nearly as big as the side of a house. In the sitting room is a piano of ordinary size itself, but it is mounted on blocks two feet high, so that the in strument is away up in the air, out of the reach of common folks. There are two rocking chairs in this room that are so big that the reporter had to climb up into one of them the same as an infant would climb into a "high-chair." It is yery expensive for the giants to live, as they have to pay such an exorbitant price for ev erything they wear. For instance, it cost the Captain $30 for a pair of boots. : ! It is a most astonishing sight to come across the two giants out for a drive. City folks who have seen ponderous wagons with wheels reaching to the second story of a house, used i to haul stones weighing tons and ton, cau form an ideaof the ve hicle used. It is pulled by j six stout Norman horses, and it is enough to make a man think he has got 'em sure, to suddenly meet such a specta cle on the road out in the country. Passing wagons have to let down the rails and drive into adjoining , fields until the giants go by. I j

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  1. The Huntington Democrat,
  2. 16 Feb 1882, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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